Video: Larry Craig resigns

posted at 1:24 pm on September 1, 2007 by Allahpundit

Watching this, I can see how he did so well for himself despite the decades of rumors swirling around him. An expert job, the one groan-inducing allusion to the war aside. No admission of guilt either, although he couldn’t very well reverse himself on that so soon after strenuously denying the charges earlier this week.

Watch out for the strange, jarring applause when he finally comes to the point of announcing his resignation. MM thinks it was Democratic infiltrators rubbing salt in the wound but I’m not so sure. Right after it happens, someone yells, “We love you, Larry!” Maybe the applause was just relief?

As for the double standard the GOP is practicing between David Vitter, who actually did engage in criminal sex acts, and Craig, who was guilty of nothing more than solicitation, it’s simply shameful.

Update: MM updates to say that the report of Democrats clapping comes from Fox’s Major Garrett, who was there and saw it happen. I stand corrected. She also notes that Vitter never pled to any crime, as Craig did. Fair enough, but he admitted to having committed one. It’s that fact, not whether D.C. ever got around to prosecuting him for it, that I think should be dispositive.

Update: Another correction, although I don’t find any comfort in this: Vitter didn’t admit to having committed a crime, only to having committed a “very serious sin” — after his phone number turned up in the D.C. madam’s records. Unless she gave him a freebie, which is unlikely, then his “very serious sin” was also a crime whether it was prosecuted or not.

Update: The words of the day are “zero tolerance.”


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Yeah, just watched it a bit ago…

As for the double standard the GOP is practicing between David Vitter, who actually did engage in criminal sex acts, and Craig, who was guilty of nothing more than solicitation, it’s simply shameful.

Ahh, but participating in an escort service isn’t nearly as “dirty” as soliciting sex in a bathroom stall. Double standard? Perhaps…but the “skeeze quotient” is different. So was the media onslaught. More of the people seem to care if a politician does what Craig did. And it’s certainly worse in the media’s eyes that a) he’s Republican, and b) it was soiciting gay sex.

And that’s the real double standard…had Craig went into a ladies room stall for some action…

JetBoy on September 1, 2007 at 1:35 PM

Nothing in his public life became him like the leaving it. Very good performance, class job by everyone on the podium. Maybe he’s continuing to live a lie, but unlike Jim McGreevey he’s not wrapping himself in victimhood to vindicate his bad decisions. It’s hypocrisy, but there’s some strange class to it.

Expect lefty jokes about Craig’s remark about having the governor behind him. Also, his comment about “a smooth and orderly transition of my loyal staff.” Huh huh. He said “staff.”

Well-Armed Lamb on September 1, 2007 at 1:36 PM

…to be caught tapping for quick-and-dirty nookie in an airport bathroom…is, in itself, tremendously humbling…

see-dubya on September 1, 2007 at 1:37 PM

Re: Double standards.

Vitter has not been shown to be guilty of anything, if I understand the situation correctly. The Palfrey case is ongoing, and he simply admitted his association with it. He is not (yet) the target of a criminal investigation. Craig, on the other hand, was the target of a sting operation and pled guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges. Whatever anyone thinks about the two situations, the criminal process has played itself out in Craig’s case, and has not in Vitter’s.

Big S on September 1, 2007 at 1:45 PM

As for the double standard the GOP is practicing between David Vitter, who actually did engage in criminal sex acts, and Craig, who was guilty of nothing more than solicitation, it’s simply shameful.

Didn’t one plead guilty while the other wasn’t charged? Isn’t that the relevant difference here?

calbear on September 1, 2007 at 1:46 PM

He is now able to get free roaming “chicken” without worry.

Zaire67 on September 1, 2007 at 1:46 PM

I think it comes down to the attitude of when they were caught. Owning up to it vs “I’m a congressman, what do you think about that. . . no I mean I was just picking up a peace of paper on the floor. . no I mean . .”

Then there is the Rick Blaine angle. One paid for it and one tried to get a freebie. “I don’t mind a parasite. I object to a cut-rate one.”

- The Cat

MirCat on September 1, 2007 at 1:49 PM

I am a non-Gay American?

And jackass if he couldn’t:

A) talk his way out of it,

or:

B) get a competent lawyer to do it for him.

No great loss.

profitsbeard on September 1, 2007 at 1:49 PM

Did anyone else sort of think “Whoa, what’s he going to say next?” when he paused after saying “For most of my adult life…”

see-dubya on September 1, 2007 at 1:51 PM

He wrapped the shreds of his dignity around him, held up his head, and fell on the sword for his country and party. I will never utter a joke regarding this matter again.

*Salutes*

RushBaby on September 1, 2007 at 1:54 PM

If his best friends are Neil and Bob, maybe he should step down, so to speak.

abinitioadinfinitum on September 1, 2007 at 1:55 PM

I was briefly listening to “John and Ken Show”, a conservative radio show out here in LA, and they had a caller who was a psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in counseling men who do the sort of activity Sen Craig was doing. He said that, predominately, the guys he counseled were married with kids, and typically did this type of behavior a lot. If the counselor ever proposed to his patient that they could, perhaps, be gay for doing that type of behavior, the counselor said the patients would almost always get indignant on him and would deny vehemently that they were homosexual.

The counselor then went on to say that for the vast majority of his patients, they engaged in this sort of activity because it was a thrill to do it. They would get a big rush when meeting up in some random, public, place and engage in some form of sex.

It was a short, but fascinating and informative discussion from the caller, who, unfortunately, got his call in at the last 5 minutes of the hour it was being discussed. The caller gave a good insight into the mindset and rationalizing these men are stuck with. I believe that KFI, the radio station that hosts the radio program, puts mp3′s of the show for the public to download. It’s free, but you may need to go through a dopey registration before you get can access. I believe it was during the 4 o’clock hour (PST). The website is http://www.kfi.com and, once again, the radio show is “John and Ken Show”.

Weebork on September 1, 2007 at 1:58 PM

And that’s the real double standard…had Craig went into a ladies room stall for some action…

JetBoy on September 1, 2007 at 1:35 PM

While I agree that the skeeze factor of the public bathroom was a big reason why he’s on his way out, I actually disagree that with this last statement you make, if he did go into a ladies room, he’d be getting called a predator, the only difference would be instead of laughing at him, people would want to lynch him for being a sicko predator to innocent women.

Bad Candy on September 1, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Just to add, I believe it was the Thursday show. Forgot to put that in above.

Weebork on September 1, 2007 at 2:00 PM

Well he can apply for a job at Disney Land, I hear a position just opened.

Zaire67 on September 1, 2007 at 2:04 PM

This is more than a simple indiscretion or sexual tryst . . . this bum is the epitome of dirtbag.

rplat on September 1, 2007 at 2:08 PM

So let me get this straight (so to speak):
Paying for anonymous sex with a prostitute (granted, allegedly) is less sleazy than soliciting free gay sex in a bathroom?

SouthernDem on September 1, 2007 at 2:12 PM

Yeah, Vitter oughta go too, there’s no disagreement here SouthernDem.

Bad Candy on September 1, 2007 at 2:23 PM

Craig made it easy for us by being an obvious liar. If he had admitted being guilty instead of this “guilty, but I didn’t do it, and the cop’s a liar, and he seduced me first” garbage, we would be facing the real dilemma AP talks about.

Vitter admitted a past sin and asked for forgiveness. In Craig’s case, you wouldn’t even want to shake his hand unless you were sure had just washed it.

pedestrian on September 1, 2007 at 2:24 PM

I just wish one of these disgraced GOP’ers, during their resignation would simply say “…and by the way, all you Democrat hypocrites, F*ck you! Klansmen, Rapists, drunken manslaughtering philandering thieves and liars. I screwed up, am ashamed and so I am quiting, you have no shame you male prostitute-ring running scum bags. Thank you, and God bless you America…”

Or something to that effect.

Be a nice time to do it.

coondawg on September 1, 2007 at 2:27 PM

So let me get this straight (so to speak):
Paying for anonymous sex with a prostitute (granted, allegedly) is less sleazy than soliciting free gay sex in a bathroom?

SouthernDem on September 1, 2007 at 2:12 PM

Heh, their highnesses in Congress, both sides, can probably identify better with the former…

Entelechy on September 1, 2007 at 2:33 PM

I really hate to say it, and if you feel it necessary to delete this, that’s fine.. but am I the only one who thinks that his replacement looks like he’s also teh ghey?

http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?ei=UTF-8&p=risch&fr=moz2&c=images

(oddly they’ve removed an image from wikipedia since yesterday)

RightWinged on September 1, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Weird how you would say sex with a prostitute is worse than attempted sex with a random guy in a bathroom.

Kevin M on September 1, 2007 at 2:57 PM

Sen. Craig “I am not gay!”

sonnyspats1 on September 1, 2007 at 3:02 PM

Watching this, I can see how he did so well for himself despite the decades of rumors swirling around him.

Boy I can’t. After watching this I thought he comes off as a egotistical windbag. I don’t buy for a minute he has any feelings at all for his wife or anyone else. She was just another tool for him to get what he wants. I bet that pompous ass hasn’t said a civil word to her in 25 years.

lowandslow on September 1, 2007 at 3:11 PM

“I am not gay …. I’m a flaming queen! My Ipod’s full of show tunes and my office walls are covered with Judy Garland posters. My hobbies are disco dancing and cat-blogging.”

Ali-Bubba on September 1, 2007 at 3:11 PM

I bet that pompous (narcissist) ass hasn’t said a civil word to her in 25 years.

lowandslow on September 1, 2007 at 3:11 PM

She doesn’t strike me as a gal who’d divorce that arrogant and creepy ars either. His predilections aside, he’s just a strange fellow. He’s going into Wikipedia as the senator who let the secret out that bathrooms and other public places are laden with quickies among strangers.

American toilets will never be the same again.

Entelechy on September 1, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Where’s the toiletries & towel salesmans union on this matter? The same goes for the elevator operators union. Put a couple of these guys on the job and end of problem!

sonnyspats1 on September 1, 2007 at 3:57 PM

Don’t let the stall door hit you on the way out.

mojowire on September 1, 2007 at 4:41 PM

American toilets will never be the same again.

Entelechy on September 1, 2007 at 3:30 PM

That is a fair statement. The creepiest thing about it all was his peering in on the cop while he was in the stall. ick.

CrimsonFisted on September 1, 2007 at 4:41 PM

He reminded me of another true American hero, Joe Dimaggio, they both had wide stances.

malkinmania on September 1, 2007 at 6:26 PM

Please go away forever! I don’t want to hear from you ever again and I certainly know more about gay sex in bathrooms that I ever cared to know! It is now stored in a part of my brain that I can’t use for something else and the time spent reading about this is time I can’t recover!!!

sabbott on September 1, 2007 at 8:12 PM

Semptember 30th, so we have twenty nine more
days of liberal trash talk in the media.

canopfor on September 1, 2007 at 10:47 PM